United Way Local Relief Fund
June 17 Update: 1,050 Families Helped


“It’s very meaningful to me to receive this funding because I can continue paying my bills and provide food and clothing for my children. When I learned that the funds come from people in the city, I was very grateful to see how they care about the community and that they are always willing to help others during hard times. The way I am finding hope is by seeing all the community working together and doing the best to end this pandemic as soon as possible. Thank you United Way for making this possible.” – Nayely

Nayely’s family is just one of the 1,050 families across our region that have received help through the United Way COVID-19 Local Relief Fund in less than three months. The fund has raised more than half a million dollars to provide families with a one-time $500 distribution for emergency financial needs.

Stories continue to pour in from families across Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties – the vast majority of whom lost income during the stay-at-home order and needed help paying rent and bills for other basic needs. With so many families in our region just one paycheck away from homelessness, your gifts helped avert an immediate crisis for these families and our community.

The United Way COVID-19 Local Relief Fund is winding down and will close on June 30. However, we will keep the framework in case of a second wave of COVID-19. 

We are grateful to our 11 nonprofit partners across our five-county region who have worked hard to identify families and ensure they receive the help they need.

•    3 Strands Global Foundation (El Dorado)
•    Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (Amador)
•    Birth and Beyond (Sacramento)
•    Black Child Legacy Campaign Neighborhood Centers (Sacramento)
•    Empower Yolo (Yolo)
•    International Rescue Committee (Sacramento)
•    Kids First (Placer)
•    Lighthouse Community Counseling (Placer)
•    Opening Doors (Sacramento)
•    RISE Inc. (Yolo)
•    Yolo County Children’s Alliance (Yolo)

Through our partners, we have been able to spread support throughout the region:

County                 Funds Dispersed              Families Served               
Amador                $52,000                           104                        
El Dorado             $29,500                           59                          
Placer                    $47,500                           95                          
Sacramento        $305,500                        612                     
Yolo                       $90,000                          180                        

Grand Total        $514,500.00                        1050  
Data as of June 16,2020

We are deeply grateful to the donors and organizations that have committed funds to our United Way COVID-19 Local Relief Fund. 

We also are thankful to our Donate4Sacramento donors who have contributed gifts to the Support Families area so those dollars could be distributed to Sacramento families through our fund. 

United Way California Capital Region is committed to helping end poverty through our Square One Project. In the months ahead, we look forward to working with families, communities, volunteers and donors to assist with recovery and build resilience against future challenges that most effect those who have the least. We hope you will join us.